Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Three years after the Legislature ordered a study on how a key pollutant affects wild rice, state officials said more questions remain about whether and how Minnesota water quality standards should change. (03/12/2014)
Minnesotans have until Thursday to comment on the environmental analysis of the proposed PolyMet mine, a huge document containing detailed plans on how the company would keep pollutants from the mine and tailings basin out of nearby lakes and rivers. That plan hinges on new technologies and engineering that PolyMet added after its last proposal was sharply criticized four years ago. (03/09/2014)
Two teenagers were taken into custody as police responded to a report of a gun on campus. One of the teenagers was carrying an Airsoft pistol, which looks like a real gun but fires plastic pellets. Campus officials have lifted an early morning shelter-in-place order. (03/06/2014)
The Calgary-based company this week proposed spending $7 billion to replace its 46-year-old Line 3 pipeline, which runs from near Edmonton to Clearbrook, Minn., on to Superior, Wis. (03/05/2014)
Rogers' attorney argued that since he doesn't possess or control the bears he studies, and since it is not illegal to feed bears in Minnesota, Rogers should not be required to obtain a DNR permit. (03/04/2014)
Mayor Don Ness laid out a plan to make Duluth equally well known for its location on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River inhis State of the City address. He envisions a renaissance on the west side of Duluth that stretches along the river to attract tourists, as well as new residents. (03/04/2014)
Conditions seem to be worst on scattered lakes in north central Minnesota. Deep snow acts like a heavy blanket, trapping a slushy, crusty layer of ice underneath. (03/01/2014)
The funding will help stabilize banks and build retaining walls along several streams that run through Duluth into Lake Superior. (02/27/2014)
About two dozen environmental groups asked the DNR to extend the comment period from 90 days to 180 days. They wanted more time to analyze the complex study and to address what they say are newly discovered gaps in the document. (02/27/2014)
It builds off a preschool Ojibwe immersion program sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth that has taught more than 40 students over the past three years. (02/26/2014)
The loss is a blow to an already struggling wolf population at Isle Royale, which has fallen sharply in recent years. (02/25/2014)
Lynn Rogers' work collaring research bears near Ely and placing web cams in their dens has won him legions of online fans and made him the star of several BBC documentaries. But it's also raised the ire of Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources. (02/24/2014)
The so-called "green infrastructure" grant will help the city reduce stormwater runoff from the Lake Superior Zoo parking lot and Chambers Grove Park at Duluth's far southern edge, both of which were extensively damaged by flooding in 2012. A third project will help redevelop a contaminated site near the St. Louis River that once housed a cement plant. (02/20/2014)
An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. (02/19/2014)
The Park Service estimates about 50,000 people have visited so far -- more than come to the area most summers. The Bayfield County Tourism estimates those tourists have spent as much as $10 million. (02/18/2014)